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Conwy RNLI launch to vessel with engine problem and lone skipper

Lifeboats News Release

Conwy RNLI lifeboat was requested to launch this Saturday evening (2 April) by HM Coastguard to assist a 24ft motor vessel which had suffered engine failure a mile offshore whilst on approach to Conwy.

RNLI lifeboat The May-Bob launched with a crew of three at 6.58pm shortly after being paged. Whilst the volunteer crew were on route, HM Coastguard relayed the updated position of the vessel and the lifeboat arrived a short time later to assist her and her single occupant.
Upon arrival, the lifeboat crew checked that the owner was safe and well and proceeded to tow the vessel through the navigational channel back into Conwy.

Once safely inbound in the River Conwy, the lifeboat safely manoeuvred the casualty into the safe confines of Conwy Marina.  

The lifeboat arrived back on station at 8.10pm where she was recovered, refuelled and made ready for service.     

Notes to editors:

• Conwy lifeboat station has been operating since 1966 and will be celebrating 50 years of operation this June.
• To learn more about the lifeboat station go to 

RNLI media contacts:

For more information please contact Danny-Lee Davies, Conwy RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07999 321639, Alan Flood, Conwy RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07871 505513 or 
Danielle Rush, Divisional Media Relations Manager (Wales and West) on 07786 668829 or 01745 585162.
Alternatively contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

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